I have 3 partial rotator cuff tears. Back in February I was lifting a bag, 40lbs and felt pain in my shoulder. A few days later it felt better so I lifted it again and the pain was excruciating, radiating up through my neck. The pain was a 10/10 for a week so finally I went to a walk-in clinic and was diagnosed with Torticollis. Given anti inflammatory ens and sent on my way. 3 weeks later pain was still unbearable so went to my PCP who ordered a MRI of my neck, which was negative, and sent to a spine dr. The spine dr wanted to put steroid injections into my cervical disks, which made me uncomfortable so I went for a second opinion. 2nd dr thought it was a trapezius muscle tear and sent me to physical therapy for 3 weeks, this made the pain worse. Finally got an MRIof my shoulder 3 weeks ago which showed the 3 partial tears.
All along all these drs told me not to restrict the use of my shoulder and to carry on as usual.
After MRI, I got a cortisone shot in that shoulder Tuesday. Felt good, first time I was pain free since February, again, was told no restrictions, carry on as usual. Yesterday, I did some weeding and today I am paying for it. Shoulder hurts as bad as it ever did.
Every article I’ve read says to limit use and rest the shoulder, contrary to whT docs have been telling me.
I follow up with Dr in 3 weeks, don’t know if I can live with this pain again. It’s making me so depressed. I feel like they all think I’m making it up, drug seeking, or whatever. It really does hurt.
From anyone’s experience, what is going to give me the best pain relief long term?